As you all have plainly seen, I like to read the Osprey series of books, but honestly they are moderately inconsistent. Many are excellent, most are good, a few are weak.
Last night I finished reading Osprey Warrior #22: Imperial Guardsman 1799 - 1815 which deals with the French Imperial Guard of the Napoleonic Wars, and what a complex subject! I felt that the book walked me through it with just enough detail to keep it interesting, while not giving me the feeling that they'd taken out too much. I liked the book very much.
7. Hidden Like Anne Frank, by Marcel Prins and Peter Henk Steenhuis. This book gives 14 first-hand accounts from adults who, as children or teens, were forced to go into hiding when Nazi Germany invaded the Netherlands. Most were in hiding for at least two years, moved from place to place by the country's active resistance members. The book is aimed at readers 12 and older; the narratives strike a balance between conveying the horrors of what these individuals went through and the often bittersweet (at best) followup without getting too graphic. This would be a good companion novel to The Diary of Anne Frank; an interesting note is that one of the contributors saw Anne and her sister Margot at Auschwitz and recalled going to school with them. These children and teens, and their families, were often moved multiple times to try to keep ahead of the Germans and the NSB. One boy was moved more than 40 times. There are stories of bravery, of betrayal, of loss and reunited- but with a different reality. The stories include information about life afterwards, and several of the narrators talked about how the Hunger Winter and the War, the splitting up of families and the constant uncertainty and fear led to permanent fissures in the family - emotional and physical. It's a beautifully told compilation of personal accounts that should interest both younger and older readers.
Currently reading: Sin in the Second City, by Karen Abbott.
Children's book that I read before passing on to some Christian parents at the advice of a friend.
This is a very short book and is written in a way that is understandable to children, covering briefly the story of Jesus and the crucifixion and also the ministry of the disciples, charmingly illustrated.
I had some mixed feelings about this book, but mostly it was okay and seemed okay to read to kids. The story of the crucifixion seemed to be given very little time, and not surprisingly, all of the graphic details were watered down, but it still seemed a bit weird that the main Easter story was made to seem so minor, and it didn't really explain the purpose of Jesus' sacrifice.
Other than this, my only complaint was that it did not explain that Saul changed his name to Paul, making the last few sections a bit confusing for anyone who didn't know that.
Overall, a good way to get young kids into understanding the Easter story, but at the same time, not the best.
Next book: Little Lord Fauntleroy (Frances Hodgson Burnett)